F2B-Philippines: Visa Bulletin Predictions

What does Immigration Planner predict?

Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F2B for the 🇵🇭Philippines.
Children of Green Card holders who are adults, but not married.

F2B, the 🇵🇭Philippines – Final Action Dates Predictions FY2019 – FY2021:

Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Oct 2019Sep 1, 2008
Nov 2019Oct 1, 2008
Dec 2019Dec 1, 2008
Jan 2020Feb 1, 2009
Feb 2020May 1, 2009
Mar 2020Oct 1, 2009
Apr 2020Feb 1, 2010
May 2020Aug 15, 2009
Jun 2020Sep 15, 2009
Jul 2020Oct 15, 2009
Aug 2020Nov 15, 2009
Sep 2020Dec 15, 2009
Oct 2020Jan 15, 2010
Nov 2020Feb 15, 2010
Dec 2020Mar 15, 2010
Jan 2021Apr 15, 2010
Feb 2021May 15, 2010
Mar 2021Jun 15, 2010
Apr 2021Jul 15, 2010
May 2021Aug 15, 2010
Jun 2021Sep 15, 2010
Jul 2021Oct 15, 2010
Aug 2021Nov 15, 2010
Sep 2021Dec 15, 2010
Oct 2021Jan 15, 2011
Nov 2021Feb 15, 2011
Dec 2021Mar 15, 2011
Jan 2022Apr 15, 2011
Feb 2022May 15, 2011
Mar 2022Jun 15, 2011
Apr 2022Jul 15, 2011
May 2022Aug 15, 2011
Jun 2022Sep 8, 2011
Jul 2022Oct 15, 2011
Aug 2022Nov 15, 2011
Sep 2022Dec 15, 2011

Don’t see your Priority Date? Want to know when your Interview will take place? Get more details with Immigration Planner.

What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Apr 2020
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Feb 1, 2010
Movement:+17 weeks
Same story as in March. Wait time for F2B - Phil went up a bit from approximately 10.5 year to 11.5 years, but it seems like it had quite an effect. More applicants are either dropping out, or not reacting to the rapid advancement of the Visa Bulletin date (Fiscal Year 2019 that has been one of the best years of the last 20 years, and the advancement is solid to strong advancement since October 2019). At least, that is what this 21-week jump seems to indicate: an attempt at fully using the annual number of available Green Cards before they 'expire' at the end of September 2020.

See F2B for All Countries and Mexico.

Note: U.S. immigration agencies ‘Fiscal Year’ is from October to the following September. It is different from a ‘Calendar’ year. For example Fiscal Year 2018 is from October 2017 to September 2018, and Fiscal Year 2019 is from October 2018 to September 2019.

Last Six
Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Apr 2020Feb 1, 2010+17 weeks
Mar 2020Oct 1, 2009+21 weeks
Feb 2020May 1, 2009+12 weeks
Jan 2020Feb 1, 2009+8 weeks
Dec 2019Dec 1, 2008+8 weeks
Nov 2019Oct 1, 2008+4 weeks

I am going through adjustment of status, what else applies to me?

Applicants going through Adjustment of Status are often allowed to use the ‘Filing Date’ of the Visa Bulletin to determine when they are allowed to file Form I-485. Here is the latest:

Filing Date
Oct 1, 2010+17 weeks✔︎ Yes, the Filing Date can be used

Historically, how long did it take for F2B-Philippines applicants to become ‘current’?

This is how long it took for prior F2B-Philippines applicants to have their priority date become current, plus our prediction for the next few years:

If you can, should you ‘opt-out’ of F1 right now?

When sponsors who were Green Card holders become U.S. Citizen, their over-21-year-old unmarried children are moved from F2B to F1. But these applicants can also ‘opt-out’ from F1 and stay in F2B. Should they? That is what we are trying to help applicants determine here:

Does F1 have an advantage over F2B?Yes
Should applicants 'opt-out' of F1?No
Where is F1 compared to F2B (in Months)?
Last update? April 2020

This is how F1 compared to F2B historically, and our prediction for the next few years:

When will the Interview be scheduled?

The process of scheduling the interview is initiated by U.S. immigration agencies when the following two requirements are met:

  • The applicant’s Priority Date is ‘current’ when compared to the relevant ‘Final Action Date’
  • The applicant’s Green Card Case is ‘interview-ready’ (also called ‘case complete’ or ‘documentarily qualified’, meaning that all the proper Forms, Evidence, and Fees necessary to make a decision on the Green Card Application have been received by U.S. Immigration Agencies).

Being ‘current’ means that the applicant’s Priority Date (which is when Form I-130 was filed) is ‘earlier’ than the relevant Final Action Date. If the relevant Final Action Date is January 1st 2018, then applicants with a Priority Date ‘earlier’ (that is up to December 31st 2016) are said to be current.
The relevant Final Action Date refers to the Final Action Date that applies to applicants based on their preference classification (F1, F2A, F2B, F3, F4) and countries of birth (Philippines, All Countries, …).

The month when the applicant’s Priority Date is current, U.S. Immigration agencies look for an available Interview slot in the month after next (if the applicant’s priority date becomes current in January, then they will start looking for slots in March). How long applicants wait depend on how busy the U.S. Consulate or USCIS Field office is.

What happened during Fiscal Year 2018?

Fiscal Year 2018 refers to the period from October 2017 to September 2018. The following graph compares the last 20 years of the Visa Bulletin with Fiscal Year 2018 (represented by the annotated line). Fiscal Year 2018 was below the average of the last 20 years for F2B-Philippines:

When will Immigration Planner update its predictions?

We expect to update our predictions the day after the next Visa Bulletin is released. Our best guess as to when we will update these predictions is as follows:

Apr 13, 2020

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